IDEAS THAT WORK EDITED BY ANTON MIKEC
Jigsaw Protection, Wire Looping and Coupling Rescue
FIRST PLACE Solitary wire pulling If I have to go through a junction box or, more commonly, a conduit body—especially when taking corners—pulling the wires
through by myself is virtually impossible. So, I pull the wires
and loop them at the first location, and then I hang a clip with
a small weight on the loop of wires at the first location to pull
them to the final location. This helps to keep constant tension on
the wires and keeps them from kinking as you’re pulling them to
the final location.
Coupling to the rescue
Ever have a circumstance when you’re running rigid conduit and
you run out of plastic bushings or locknuts in the field? Or is there
just not enough room to fit a nipple through an opening? Thread
a coupling on your pipe, and measure your cut or bend while it’s
on. When installing your piece of pipe, place it over the hole and
thread a chase nipple into the coupling.
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Next time you need to cut wood or metal with a jigsaw and are
worried about scratching your project, buy a roll of coarse Velcro (not the cloth type) and cut two pieces of it about the size
of the undercarriage. Stick the Velcro on, and you’re good to go.
This solution should last a long time, as well.
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month’s first-place winner:
• Cable cutter
• Fish tape
• Long nose pliers
• Side-cutting pliers
• Pump pliers
• Wire stripper
• Diagonal-cutting pliers
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